Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan
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Alysha

May 24, 2009 By: Admin Category: Oregon Community

why is this effort is important to you?

I believe in the power of community and the power of one, both contradictory to each other and yet can move together in a very powerful way. I feel a responsibility to use my place, freedoms and connections here in the US to stand up and yell for those who need my voice and actions. The people of Darfur have strength that I could not even begin to comprehend, they have traveled distances, have gone without food, water, shelter and safety for days and weeks at a time. I have a responsibility as a fellow human to put our common humanity before anything else. Everyone deserves to look towards tomorrow, to dream of a safe future and to have a peaceful present.

How did you come to this view?

I came to this view because that is my heart, mind and soul. I believe in our common humanity and that geographic location shouldn’t dictate if my family dies because of religion, race, creed or ancestry or most importantly human greed. I agree absolutely with knowledge comes responsibility, that one must choose. We as Americans have the freedom to make choices everyday, from the type of toothbrush we use to the news we watch, the books we read and most importantly to stand for others who may not have the ability or choice. I believe in that power of choice, the power of knowledge, we again can choose to educate ourselves further on issues or simply walk away. I choose not to walk away but to act with the knowledge that I have, knowing that I have opportunities, a voice and connection to others who own the same. I continue to look because I continue to act, I don’t always like what I see and at times I feel helpless. I believe however that as we all love and have compassion, can breath and feel that we have a responsibility to reach into that commonality and bring to the surface a loud response when others are in such desperate need.

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